A Dangerous Crossing written by Rachel Rhys, publisher Transworld Digital and Doubleday, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.
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Sparkling cocktails, poisonous secrets …
1939, Europe on the brink of war. Lily Shepherd leaves England on an ocean liner for Australia, escaping her life of drudgery for new horizons. She is instantly seduced by the world onboard: cocktails, black-tie balls and beautiful sunsets. Suddenly, Lily finds herself mingling with people who would otherwise never give her the time of day.
But soon she realizes her glamorous new friends are not what they seem. The rich and hedonistic Max and Eliza Campbell, mysterious and flirtatious Edward, and fascist George are all running away from tragedy and scandal even greater than her own.
By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and life will never be the same again.
This was such a remarkable read full of hope and new beginnings and much, much more. With the myriad of passengers from all walks of life on board the ocean liner set for Australia in 1939 young Lily Shepherd was full of trepidation, excitement, isolation and hope. Lily was soon thrust into the company of strangers; people whom she would never socialise with and the thought of a young working class girl sitting and talking with educated, wealthy, socialite people was quite thrilling for her. The glamour of these people was intoxicating and Lily was soon elevated into their world.
As the voyage to a new country, a new beginning, a new world went on friendships and enemies were made. Lily on few occasions was warned about associating with these new friends of hers but it was almost like an addictive pull on both her side and her new friends side for them to be together. Confidences were spilled revealing tragic pasts from many. However, the voyage was to reveal more than traumatic histories, a darkness fell between the new friends and fear swept between them. The glitz and glamour of the ballroom and of the beautiful new countries they docked at were overshadowed by tensions of love, lust, secrets, political unrest and death.
I was drawn to Lily’s character her freshness for wanting something more in life and her heartbreak from her past. This journey she embarked on was captivating, thrilling and the events that unfolded in the five weeks on board will leave a lasting effect on many on board.
A read full of fanciful moments that are shocking, tragic, captivating and poignant. 5/5*
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About the author
Rachel Rhys is the pen-name of a successful suspense author. A Dangerous Crossing is her debut novel under this name. The story is inspired by a real diary which the author discovered by accident while helping her mother move house. It was written with care and with extraordinary attention to detail by a young girl in service who travelled from England to Australia on a cruise liner in the late 1930s.
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